Syed Akbar Hyder
Syed Akbar Hyder
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Syed Akbar Hyder is the director of Urdu Studies and also the associate professor of Asian studies and Islamic studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He was born in 1950.
Education[edit | edit source]
- Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University
- B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University
Career[edit | edit source]
- Associate Professor of Department of Asian Studies principal lecturer Islamic Studies , in University of Texas at Austin , 2007 – present
- Associate Director of NSEP Hindi-Urdu in Flagship Program in University of Texas at Austin , 2007 – present
- Assistant Professor of Department of Asian Studies in University of Texas at Austin , 2000 – 2006
- Teaching Assistant of Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies in Harvard University , 1993 – 2000
Books and Articles[edit | edit source]
Books[edit | edit source]
- Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory , Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Co-authored with Ali S. Asani in A'iye Urdu Parhen: Let’s Study Urdu, An Introductory Urdu Textbook. 2nd volum Yale ,University Press, 2007.
Articles[edit | edit source]
- “Ghalib and his Interlocutors” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2006
- “Urdu’s Progressive Wit: Sulaiman Khatib, Sarvar Danda, and the Subaltern Satirists who Spoke Up” in Annual of Urdu Studies, Spring 2005
- “Iqbal and Karbala: Re-reading the Episteme of Martyrdom for a Poetics of Appropriation” in Cultural Dynamics ,2001
His vision towards Karbala[edit | edit source]
Syed Akbar Hyder has got various works based on the tragedy of Karbala. One of his books called “Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory” is describing his own understanding and experience through the culture he used to live on.
First he enlightened the readers about the Tragedy and then he tried to explore the meaning of this tragedy throughout the various languages, locales, ideologies and memories.
Throughout the book , he mentioned some traditional rituals like Marthiya and Taziya which are really popular starting Safavie’s era and how Iranian and Turkish people handle these rituals during Muharram in order to portray the events happened on the day of Tragedy.
he also mentioned that Iranians take Karbala paradigm as a liberatory blueprint during the revoulutionary and also during Iran-Iraq war that it could have a tremendous impact on Iranians’ mind to having their goals reached.